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7 items from 2017


Best ‘Harry Potter’ Book Plotlines and Scenes Left Out of the Movies

26 June 2017 3:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Exactly 20 years ago, J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” hit bookshelves, marking the birth of a massive franchise, both in literature and on the big screen.

The films are lauded by fans by being largely faithful to Rowling’s beloved books, but there are a few key plotpoints that many wish had made it into the movies. In honor of the 20th anniversary milestone, Variety breaks down some of the biggest omissions.

S.P.E.W.

Ask any Hermione Granger fan what the biggest injustice of the “Harry Potter” movies was, and they’ll likely tell you S.P.E.W. Hermione founded S.P.E.W. — Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare — after witnessing the gross treatment of house-elves at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. While the movement was highlighted briefly in the movies, thanks in large part to Dobby, S.P.E.W. saw Hermione as a champion for equal rights »

- Alex Stedman

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Tom Felton Reps Team Slytherin While Attending a Harry Potter Film Concert

9 April 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It’s been nearly six years since the final Harry Potter film debuted, but Tom Felton remains loyal to the Slytherin house.

The 29-year-old actor, who played Draco Malfoy in the movies based on the magical book series, went undercover (in plain sight) to a recent Harry Potter Film Concert Series screening in Vancouver.

Felton rocked a Slytherin sweatshirt and green baseball cap while blending in with the other costumed muggles who came to see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with live musical accompaniment.

“You can take the boy out of Hogwarts…” he captioned a selfie on Snapchat that showed off his attire. »

- Stephanie Petit

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Mike Myers set for rare big screen outing as comedy coach Del Close

12 February 2017 3:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Wayne’s World and Austin Powers star Mike Myers is set for a rare big screen appearance, with The Wrap reporting that he has signed on to play legendary comedy coach Del Close in the new movie Del from director Betty Thomas (28 Days).

Del will follow “an aspiring young comedian comes to Del for tutelage in the art of laughter, but soon finds that his infamous reputation for driving his students up the wall is well earned. Despite a disastrous start to their relationship, they soon a lot about their craft through each other.”

Mike Myers is a comedy genius and the perfect actor to inhabit this complicated, funny, poignant character,” said Paul Hanson, CEO of Covert Media. “A pioneer of his craft, Close has passed his knowledge of humor and improv to the group of comedians that everyone knows today and this hilarious script examines that intimate relationship with »

- Gary Collinson

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Exclusive: Thomas Turgoose on Butterfly Kisses & This is England

11 February 2017 1:35 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

Known, primarily, for portraying Shaun in the breathtaking film/TV series This is England, Thomas Turgoose can be seen in Butterfly Kisses, playing snooker club manager ‘Shrek’ in Rafael Kapelinski’s debut production. The film, showing at the Berlinale, gets into the head of its teenage protagonist (Theo Stevenson), who is harbouring dark, perverse sexual desires.

We had the pleasure of chatting to Turgoose about the production, and how brave a piece of contemporary cinema it is. We also went on ask about This is England (naturally) – as the young actor describes just how special the experience has been to him over the years, and the incredible friendships he’s formed with his fellow cast members and crew. He also speaks briefly about his forthcoming collaboration with Margot Robbie in Terminal, and candidly discusses his career, and how he’s overcome a difficult period in his life. »

- Stefan Pape

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Neville Wore a Fat Suit! Plus, Matthew Lewis Gives the Best Underdog Pep Talk Ever

28 January 2017 5:27 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis’s transformation from awkward to this is well documented. But at heart, Lewis says he is still an underdog.

“When you’re younger, you assume everyone who is more experienced or older than you is more assured of what they’re doing, so confident,” the 27-year-old star, who played unlikely hero Neville Longbottom in the eight Potter films, said on Friday during a panel at Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter. “But ultimately we’re all just on this planet trying to figure out what the hell we’re doing. All of us, in every job. »

- michelletauber2013

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Little America: Michael Bay to produce political thriller

25 January 2017 4:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kayti Burt Jan 26, 2017

Little America will be set in a future where a "Trump-like" president has bankrupted America. Michael Bay is producing.

If you're looking for escapist entertainment to avoid thinking about the current socio-political climate, Universal's upcoming dystopian action thriller Little America might not be it. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal just won the bidding war for Little America, the spec script written by Rowan Athale. Athale will direct the film, with Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes producing.

The premise of Little America? In a dystopian future where a "Trump-like" president has bankrupted the United States and China is calling in its debts, Americans begin immigrating to China to find work.

In the midst of this political climate, a Chinese billionaire hires a former American Force Recon member to rescue his daughter from an American ghetto. Action thriller or prophetic documentary? We'll let you decide. According to THR's sources, »

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Michael Bay Producing Dystopian Action-Thriller ‘Little America’ for Universal

25 January 2017 10:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures is developing the dystopian action-thriller “Little America” with Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller on board to produce through their Platinum Dunes production company.

Universal won a bidding war for a spec script by Rowan Athale (“Wasteland”), who will also direct. Platinum Dunes has teamed with Universal for “The Purge” and “Ouija” franchises.

“Little America” is described as being reminiscent of John Carpenter’s iconic 1981 sci-fi action-thriller “Escape From New York,” starring Kurt Russell. “Little America” is set in a time where America is so bankrupt that China is calling all the shots.

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Michael Bay to Develop Biopic on Drone Warfare Fighter (Exclusive)

VP of Production Sara Scott and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

Bay is best known as the director of all four “Transformers” movies for Paramount. The fifth, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” opens on June 23. He also directed and »

- Dave McNary

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